Hi Guys, Well Im finally putting myself in the fire of your heavy scrutiniy.... Ive had a planted tank before this one which I was running on Co2 and relativly high light but I never posted the setup. The tank is a Fluval Rio 240 With standard hood. The hood at the moment has two 40w T8`s which Ill be boosting with another two 54wT5`s. putting the WPG to around 3. Filter is Ehiem 2215 Uv light 2kg Co2 canister dispersed via the intake of the filter. (yes I do get the odd anoying burbble of trapped gas!) Substrate: Well Ive had many thoughts about this but after the recommendations of a few members here Im going with the Akadama as my main surface. But because Im from Yorkshire and therefore tight..... Im laying the main hardscape with grit to create the height to the rear of the tank I want. There will also be a sand bed running through the middle of the tank just to break it up a little. Ive seen one or two designs like that and thought it looks great so....Im going to copy the idea By the way the draws are off the cabinet because Im going to be strenghtening the unit with some more wood! It slightly bowed with my smaller tank on so I need that straight before I add the quarter of a ton of water!! So here is a pic of the tank with my inital gravel base. You can see how Im wanting to create two "hillsides" in each corner with the one on the left been the main feature on which I have a small piece of bogwood which would have some Java fern attached. I shall keep you all informed any thoughts or ideas along the way would be greatly appreciated as Im fully aware of my newbie status in this field!!